Metal Roofing Lasts a Lifetime
The majority of households do not purchase a roof on a regular basis. The quantity of options available when it’s time to replace your roof or put the first roof on your new built home might be overwhelming. It may be difficult to select the proper option. We want you to find the roof that is both cost effective and environmentally friendly for your home.
Metal roofing is constructed from up to 99 percent recycled aluminum and steel in the United States. Homes, churches, and structures all around the United States, Canada, and the world are protected by interlocking metal shingles, shakes, tile, and standing seam roofing.
Why Choose Classic Metal Roofs?
- Architecture and curb appeal are increased by distinct styles, colors, and finishes.
- Metal roofing can withstand hurricane-force winds, heat, rain, snow, and fire.
- Excellent, transferrable warranties ensure that your roof lasts a lifetime.
- Increase the value and security of your house while making it the worry-free investment that it should be.
Metal Roof Benefits
- Metal Roofing Lasts A Long Time
- Metal Roofing Is Lightweight
- Go Over Existing Shingles in Some Cases
- A Metal Roof Installs Fast
- Metal Roofing Doesn’t Catch Fire
- Metal Surfaces Reflect Heat
- Metal Panels Can Go On Low-Pitched Roofs
- Metal Is Great At Shedding Snow and Rain
- Steel Roofing Is Environmentally Friendly
- A Metal Roof Stands Up to Tornadoes & Hurricanes
Steel (galvanized, galvalume, or weathering), aluminum, copper, zinc, and tin are all options. Vertical seam, pre-formed panels, and granular coated panels are examples of product categories. You can choose from shingles, slate, tile, shakes, or vertical panels as your style. To fulfill stringent wind, fire, and impact resistance rating criteria, make sure your metal roofing product has been tested, labeled, and listed with a testing agency such as UL, FM Approvals, or Intertek. Please keep in mind that installation may differ depending on geographic region, manufacturer instructions, and local building code requirements.
Metal roofs provide a number of advantages.
Metal roofs have numerous advantages, including:
- Longevity. Depending on the material, metal roofs can endure anywhere from 40 to 70 years. The life lifespan of traditional asphalt roofing materials is believed to be 12-20 years.
- Durability. Some metal roofs, if placed properly, can withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack, and may be impact-resistant (depending on which product you choose). Furthermore, unlike other roofing materials, metal roofs do not require the costly maintenance that other roofing materials do. They should, however, be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that no repairs are required.
- Safety. During a wildfire or a lightning strike, metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames.
- Efficiency in terms of energy use. Metal roofs reflect the sun’s UV and infrared light rays, which contribute to radiant heat on the roof surface, resulting in a 10 to 25% savings in cooling expenses.
- Environmentally responsible. Metal roofs are not only made up of 25-95 percent recycled material, depending on the type, but they are also 100 percent recyclable at the end of their useful life as a roof. The majority of shingle tear-off debris, on the other hand, winds up in the building-related waste stream, amounting to up to 20 billion pounds each year. Metal roofs, despite their many benefits, may have certain disadvantages.
- Affordability. Metal roofs can cost up to two or three times as much as other types of roofing. While a metal roof has a significantly longer lifespan, you should only invest in one if you intend to stay in your home long enough to reap the financial benefits.
Metal Roofing Drawbacks
- High Initial Cost
- Metal Can Dent
- You Should Avoid Walking On Metal Roofs
- Modifying Panels Can Be Difficult
- Installation Is Not Foolproof
- Metal Expands and Contracts
- Difficult for Firefighters
Noisiness. Depending on the type of decking used during installation, metal roofs may be noisier than other goods during a strong rain or hailstorm (spaced or solid). This problem can occasionally be solved by adding more attic insulation, however this may increase expenditures.
Fasteners, expansion, and contraction. As they warm and cool, metal roofing material assemblies attached as huge panels are meant to expand and contract. Exposed and concealed fasteners, on the other hand, have different lifespans. Neoprene washers and screws used during installation may degrade and become loosened over time, depending on the temperature.
Color mismatching is a problem. It may be difficult to obtain an identical match to the existing metal if a repair is needed or a home extension is constructed years later.
Performance. Water can cause major harm to a roof if it gathers anywhere on it as a result of faulty installation or repair. Low-grade metals are also likely to have a thinner gauge and be less durable. Some metals rust more easily in specific climates or dent more easily during hailstorms or installation than others.
Metal Roofing Types and Options
Metal roofing’s popularity stems from its adaptability, range of alternatives, and flexibility to be tailored for each specific structure, including color, shape, style, and other factors.
Types of Metal Materials
When it comes to roofing, metal is a pretty broad term, especially since there are approximately 100 metals on the periodic table. The following are some of the most regularly utilized metal roofing materials in the industry:
- Galvalume coated steel
- Galvanized steel
- Stainless steel
All of these metals are good choices, but each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Make sure you research metal roof material possibilities to get the one that’s right for your area, style, and requirements.
Styles of Metal Roofing Panels
Standing Seam is a term that refers to a seam that is not flat. Standing seam metal roofing is made out of metal panels that are linked at the edges to produce a vertical seam. The concealed fastener technique of installation is used in a genuine standing seam system, which means the clips and fasteners are buried beneath the surface and not visible to the human eye. This is what distinguishes it from other metal roofing options. When compared to exposed fastener metal roofing, standing seam roofing is regarded the superior and better-protected option.
Exposed Fastener – Exposed fastener metal roofing is erected with the heads of the fasteners visible on the top of the panels and is considered the less expensive and more economical option. The fastener in an exposed fastener roof penetrates straight through the metal and into the roof deck. Agricultural and industrial applications have always used exposed fasteners.
Metal Stamped Profiles — If you prefer the look of shingles or textured surfaces but want the lifespan, cost, and durability that metal provides, metal stamped profiles are an option. There are a variety of stamping alternatives available, including:
Types of Metal Panel Seams
Snap-lock — Metal roofing panels that have been meticulously rollformed with specified panel profile edges that snap together during installation, eliminating the need for manual or mechanical seaming. Snap-lock seams are more common in the roofing industry since they are designed to withstand the environment while also making installation easier for the contractor.
Mechanical Seam – On the roof, mechanically seamed panels are roll-formed with particular edges that line up with each other. A hand or automated seamer is used to bend the edges and lock the panels together once the two edges have been joined. The locking seam resembles a paper clip in shape. Mechanical seaming can be divided into two types:
One folds of the seam / single lock / 90-degree seam
Two folds of the seam in a double lock / 180-degree seam.
Tee Panel – A sort of standing seam in which two panel edges meet at the top and are joined by a cap, which is then mechanically seamed in place to secure the panels together. The top of the standing seam should be in the shape of a “T” once the seaming is finished.
Exposed Fastener Lap Seam – When the overlapping ends of the lap panels are attached down to the deck from the top of the panel, this is known as an exposed fastener lap seam.
Rollers for Panel Ribs (Striations) – Rib rollers are the “patterns” or striations that are rolled into the seams of a metal roofing panel. These can be used to aid in the installation of a metal roof or simply for aesthetic purposes. The following are examples of rib rollers: Flat – No indents between the seams
Ribbed – The seams have a contour or indentation in them. V-Ribs are panel indents in the shape of a “V.”
Longer, rectangular panel indents are known as beads.
Pencil – Circular panel indents
Striated – Indentation lines in the panel that are small and consistent (can help reduce oil canning)
Corrugated – A metal panel that is larger and constantly waving. Clip relief is a stiffening rib that runs parallel to the seam and provides space for a clip.
Typical Metal Thickness
The metal coil used to make roof panels comes in a variety of thicknesses. Standing seam metal roofing is available in a range of thicknesses (usually 22 to 26 gauge), with the most common steel thickness being 24 gauge and aluminum thicknesses ranging from.032 to.040 inches. Materials with a gauge of 26 or 29 are commonly utilized for face-fastened systems.